Accounting

Important Tax Changes for Small Businesses

Posted on 07/12/2018

Tax laws have been constantly changing over the years. However, it is safe to say that it’s been over 30 years since there has been any significant change. Tax Cuts and Job Reforms Bill that recently passed is certain to impact everyone from individual taxpayers to business owners. In line with the previous sweeping tax reforms, this new tax act is likely to foster a great deal of business for accountants. The ideal way for accountants to take advantage of this potential boon is to demonstrate an intimate awareness of all the different ways the TCJA affects the majority of small businesses.

Important Tax Changes for Small Businesses

1. 20% Income deduction for most Small Businesses

Congress didn’t want small businesses to miss out on the party either, but they simply couldn’t lower the tax rate either. So, in order to give small businesses a tax cut, Congress brought around a new tax deduction; the 20% Qualified Business Income Deduction. If the taxable income is less than $157,500 (for individual) or $315,000 (for married) taxpayers filing jointly, then the deductions are generally 20% of the net income of the business. If the taxable income is higher than these threshold amounts, then a deduction can still be availed but the limitations and exceptions will apply based on the occupation and wages.

2. 100% Bonus Depreciation

Depreciation is a tax deduction that facilitates the writing off of the gradual wear, tear and obsolescence of certain properties. Depreciation rules can be complicated, with varying types and degrees of deprecation on different schedules. For instance, many types of properties take as much as 39 years to reap the benefits of depreciation. Fortunately, the Congress introduced Bonus depreciation to speed up the process to muster tax savings faster. Then in 2015, the Congress shot up the Bonus depreciation deduction to 50% in the first year. Now, the new tax reforms bill bumps the deduction all the way up to 100%. It is likely to stay this way until 2023.

3. Retroactive Refunds

One chief tax benefit for business owners is retroactive tax refunds. Having paid taxes in 2017, 2016, 2015 — or possibly even 2014 — can earn a 3-year review of tax returns for missed tax savings. And making a cut in the 93% of business owners who have paid too much in taxes, one can qualify for a retroactive tax refund. Fortunately, this law was not changed in the tax reform bill.

4. Mortgage Interest Deductions

Mortgage interest deductions will continue to exist. But only few people will be claiming the deduction on their tax returns. Deductions can either be itemized individually or can take the Standard Deduction. Whichever method renders larger deduction is what would be considered for return. However, there was one key change to mortgage interest deduction. The deductions have now been limited to new mortgages of $750,000 or less – down from $1 million in 2017. As for the mortgages originating before 2018 of $1 million or less are grandfathered in and keep their mortgage interest deduction.

Why Velan?

We at Velan are equipped with skilled tax preparers possessing over a minimum of 7 years of experience in the domain of Taxation. Available round the clock at your disposal, we cater to services with utmost sensitivity and sensibility that the work demands. With encomiums and testimonials speaking for themselves, one needn’t think twice before calling us. Our pricings are highly competitive and guarantee international standards in terms of delivery. We cost less than an in-house tax preparer’s salary exclusive of his paid vacations, incentives and bonuses.

Not only do we regularly keep updated with the latest tax laws, but support high-end infrastructure which allows us to function as a virtual extension of our client’s team, while ably providing our cost-friendly services.

If you have any queries related to your tax returns feel free to contact us for detailed information, we will be glad to assist you.

Call us today!!! And give your business the head start that it deserves!

Topics: Accounting , Tax Preparation , Taxation


Building a High Performance Bookkeeping Team

Posted on 12/09/2018

What great joy it is to celebrate our own achievements! But what greater joy when share our celebration with others! While individual goals are more straightforward to articulate towards, it takes tremendous effort to mould many minds towards achieving a common goal. All team efforts require voluminous amount of discipline and self sacrificing. In a world driven by “every man for himself”, team players are highly valued for their traits and attributes

Building a team is a continuous process that does not happen overnight. The values, commitments, responsibilities and deadlines involved must be shared by all the members of a team equally. Like a car in motion wherein the wheels work in unison towards a direction, so should a team drive towards its goal. Some of the practises that can be followed are discussed below:

Building a High Performance Bookkeeping Team

1. Conduct huddles and team building exercises to ensure collective responsibility:

As a leader, it is your responsibility to be on the watch out for signs of burnout among your team, especially during peak seasons. To avoid individual exhaustion, it would be highly critical to ensure that the team performs as a cohesive unit and the roles and responsibilities are uniformly distributed. Scheduling regular face-to-face sessions with your team will also help. Taking the team out for lunch or dinner as a token of appreciation can work wonders to boost their morale, and spirits. A team huddle at the beginning of the shift can help remind o targets and goals and can also be used as a platform to share best practices.

2. Summon Periodic Review for Revision of Goals and Targets:

It’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of day-today activities and lose sight of bigger picture. Hence, it would be a healthy practise to break down the goal into smaller and quickly achievable targets. This would instil a sense of accomplishment that would in turn drive towards the bigger picture. A clear integration of the smaller targets to goal would be vital to provide a roadmap.

Weekly assessment of targets and recalibration accordingly would help plot one’s position on the map and help forecast the following steps accordingly. Appreciation and encouragement when small targets met will help inspire more productivity.

3. Perform Assessment, Audit and Call for Training sessions:

Periodical assessment of employees and an audit on the quality of work will help flag down gray areas, if any. Some members may require an addition training session or a refresher session to amp things up a bit. Training sessions to keep the whole team updated with technologies and practises across the world will help in staying relevant. A report of the assessment should be able to help in the direction of moving towards the goal.

4. Device Democratic Decision Making in Special cases:

Generally it’s practical for the decision making to take place up the hierarchy and trickle down the pyramid. However, when the decision taken is to impact the whole team, it would be sensible to let the team have a say in it. This would not only employ delegation but also make the employees feel important. Being made part of the decision making process promotes a sense of significance. However, this exercise can only be carried out in special case scenarios. 

5. Advocate Knowledge Transfer and Learning:

In the fast paced world we live in today driven by innovation and technology it is very important to be constantly updated. Investing in just man power would eventually render the assets obsolete.  Encouraging learning and promoting training sessions to keep abreast with trending technologies will keep the resources from losing relevance. Knowledge transfer is also critical as it delivers a certain edge to the less experienced in handling certain scenarios.

Why Velan?

We at Velan are equipped with skilled accountants possessing over a minimum of 7 years of experience in the domain of bookkeeping. Available round the clock at your disposal, we cater to services that otherwise generally slow you down.

Call us today! And be rest assured that your business needs will be taken care of with the utmost sensitivity and sensibility the work demands.

Phone: +1-860-215-4997
E-mail: info@velaninfo.com

Topics: Accounting


Top 5 Bookkeeping Tips for Small Businesses

Posted on 14/08/2018

Top 5 Bookkeeping Tips for Small Businesses

With the world having adopted a scientific outlook, there has been immeasurable progress in every area of learning. And with the paradigm shift of technology, the world has grown by leaps and bounds, and with it has grown the competition to make it big in the playground of life. And the rapid flow of progressive ideas has brought to the limelight many entrepreneurs who have changed the global scene with their bold outlook. It’s not enough to initiate anymore, what matters now is the consistency and innovation with which you keep your ideas is running. And for any start-up or small business to consistently grow, financial management is the crux to its pillar of growth. Some of the major constraints that constrict the growth of small businesses along the bookkeeping vertical are:

  1. Affordability of a full-time bookkeeper
  2. Loss of time and money in in-house accounting
  3. Increased overhead and operating cost
  4. Delay in tax filing & resulting penalties

Bookkeeping plays a pivotal role in the functioning of any business enterprise. On the whole, it encompasses various procedures and processes that are as complex as they are critical. So, it would be smart to always have someone competent in this area manage its affairs. Following are some tips that can help mollify the various convoluted intricacies involved in bookkeeping:

1. Maintain Separate Books for Personal and Business accounting:

Mixing both personal and business accounts is never a good idea. Each by itself is poised with varying degrees of challenges. Put them together and you can just forget about it.  Keeping separate accounts will also help you keep things organized, which in turn will help save both time and resources in the long run.

2. Plan and Prepare for Major Expenses:

Always plan ahead and hold a reasonable reserve of revenue for inventory, office supplies, repairs, and maintenance. It is wise to always have a few worse case scenarios worked out and be equipped with a comprehensive response plan at hand. By forecasting expenses and budgeting accordingly, you can worry less about the future.

3. Log Daily Records and Reconcile Bank Accounts Periodically:

As an old maxim goes, “A stitch in time saves nine”.  Keeping track of your bank records periodically will go a long way in saving time and stress during later stages. Going over your accounts on a daily basis and establishing a regular monthly reconciliation with your bank will give you a clearer perspective of where things stand.

4. Closely Monitor your Accounts Receivable:

Account Receivables is a metric that can both build and break businesses. Having a close eye on the inflow of revenue (A/R) is highly crucial for any business. Having clients owe you money by the end of a cycle is not the same as the money sitting in your account. So, monitoring account receivables and having in place a calendar like a system that can track dues, deadlines and schedule follow-ups will help to streamline the flow of Account receivables.

5. Go Cashless:

Paying in cash may seem pretty straightforward, but it has a number of drawbacks that can add more complexity to bookkeeping. Among other things, cash payments are more difficult to trace so it will be hard to keep track of company spending, and you run the risk of overstating your income. Additionally, without any records of purchases, monitoring write-offs will also be a challenge. Online banking, credit/ debit cards are preferable options.

The world is a global village now offers various dimensions of unimaginable help required to stay afloat. And while outsourcing is sometimes viewed at with negative connotations, it has gained pace with fast-growing companies of this world. One of the perks of global networking is the choice of seeking outsourced help, which has its many upsides. And with the availability of outsourcing of Bookkeeping firms, small companies should certainly consider it as an option to staysail in the rapid current of growth. They help keep track of the amount spent, where it was spent, and when it was spent. Benefits of outsourcing are manifold. Some of them are as follows:

  1. They help overcome financial challenges
  2. They help shift focus towards business growth
  3. They reduce the staff & setup fees
  4. They help in delivering on time, error-free records
  5. They help to stay on top of the books.

Velan Bookkeeping:

We at Velan are equipped with skilled accountants possessing over a minimum of 7 years of experience in the domain of bookkeeping. Available round the clock at your disposal, we cater to services with utmost sensitivity and sensibility that the work demands. With encomiums and testimonials speaking for themselves, one needn’t think twice before calling us. Our pricings are highly competitive and guarantee international standards in terms of delivery. We cost less than an in-house accountant’s salary exclusive of his paid vacations, incentives and bonuses. Some of the services we provide are listed below:

  1. Bank Reconciliation
  2. Statement of Assets and Liabilities
  3. Accounts Receivable and Payable
  4. P & L Statements
  5. Payroll Services
  6. Tax Preparation

Call us today!!! And give your business the head start that it deserves!

Phone: +1-860-215-4997

E-mail: info@velaninfo.com

 

Topics: Accounting


Why is Monthly Cleanup of Books & accounts Important?

Posted on 02/05/2018

Have you ever wondered why your bookkeeping system is in shambles? We do realize how an organized, clean, well maintained books of accounts depict the health of the business. This scenario arises when a lukewarm attempt is made to DIY bookkeeping, lack of time, incompetent bookkeeper or just failing to get it done.

A sensible way is to start your bookkeeping in the correct way from the beginning. Maintaining the books and balance sheets regularly, or rather at the end of every month will generate squeaky clean books. Considering the fact that you haven’t been updating on a monthly schedule, you need to start all over. Installing QuickBooks or any other bookkeeping software of your choice will be the first step.

For your benefit, here is a run through of bookkeeping tasks to close the books every month. This monthly routine helps you maintain cleaner books, easier business decision making and get tax-ready for the end of the financial year.

Cleanup of Books & accounts Important

Accounts Receivable

Your monthly invoices for work done for clients have to be scrutinized and all the deposits and cash are posted to QuickBooks should be checked. Try to reconcile your accounts receivable report, making adjustments against General Ledger and Balance Sheet.

Accounts Payable

Make sure monthly recurring bills and payments such as, car insurance and loan payments are entered in the respective books of accounts. Outstanding vendor bills and statements must be in line with Accounts Payable accounts and the Balance Sheet. The final monthly checkup of accounts should match your vendors’ records.

Monthly Reconciliation statements

Bank reconciliation statements for your multiple bank accounts, credit card transactions for the month should be updated, printed and filed for future reference. Reconciling loan balances and credit against the monthly statement should also be filed as it would make bookkeeping at the end of the financial year easier to handle.

Prepaid Income and expenses

Check for appropriate journal entries posted for prepaid income and expense adjustments, this would make your bookkeeper’s job a lot less time consuming.

Write off Bad debts

Bad debts that are uncollected are to be written off. QuickBooks has the facility to write off bad debts using the Credit Memo.

Keep an eye on your fixed assets

Any changes in your Fixed assets including depreciation must be updated on a monthly basis.

Validate all checks and Invoice numbers

Check books and invoice statements are generated in numerical order. Watch out for any missing numbers on checks or missing transactions and bring it to records. Any void or cancelled checks are listed and kept on record.

Review Financial statements

Check all postings in the financial statements for errors, missing records and unusual balances. When you identify any untoward transactions, review them and make necessary adjustments. Printing and filing Financial statements and reports are required for perfect cleanup.

Close Books and Backup

The Closing Date feature in QuickBooks permits you to lock the previous months and is password protected as well. When all the adjustments for the month is completed, the bookkeeper closes the books for the month and a backup of the books are done.

Keep tabs on your Budget

Reassess your actual numbers against budgeted numbers. You will understand why there is a difference and how a workable budget can be reinforced and managed for the following month.

The above measures are not only helpful to clean up your books of accounts, but also gives you the confidence of running a healthy business. As we are drawing close to the end of the financial year, well maintained accounts are an advantage for preparation of taxes. One of our services in demand is the cleanup of books for small, medium and large businesses. So, if you are looking for a shipshape financial book of accounts on a monthly basis or at the year end; an added bonus  is your peace of mind. Do contact us for a consultation.

Topics: Accounting , Accounting firms , Accounts Payables , Accounts Receivables , Bookkeeping Services


Top 5 Accounting Strategies Trending in 2018

Posted on 23/02/2018

Financial gurus predict a sea change in the way accounting process is going to evolve this year, 2018. Gone are the days when bookkeeping and financial accounting were done manually. Presently, we are heading into a total transformation where automation, Outsourcing Bookkeeping, and cloud accounting are endorsed globally by the business community and corporate houses.

Top 5 Accounting Strategies Trending in 2018 - CPA bookkeeping services

While small business houses, bookkeepers, and CPA accounting firms avail the support of CPA bookkeeping services by outsourcing their work significantly, let us look at the top 5 most trending accounting methods this year.

1. Automation

Automation in accounting is a boon to small and large businesses. The automation process has slowly replaced manpower in accounting during 2017.  Manual accounting is gradually phasing out and industries are opting for automation because it saves a great amount of time and is very cost-effective. Accountants of CPA firms and bookkeepers can focus on other crucial accounting issues as the day to day accounting operation works hassle-free.

2. Cloud accounting

Cloud accounting software is user-friendly and flexible as it can be accessed from anywhere. Financial information gets updated automatically providing real-time reports, making it easier for businesses to take quick decisions on various issues. Cloud software keeps accountants and business owners well connected.

3. Social Media for accounting firms and CPAs

Business houses are using the social media platform to increase brand presence for their online business strategies. The idea is to reach out to a global audience, which has the advantage of accounting companies is increasing website traffic at very little or no cost.

4. Collaborative Accounting

The term may sound new because it involves accountants communicating with clients using the internet and state-of-the-art technology irrespective of their location. Sometimes, accounting transactions are monitored by an Accounting back office to a business house on the other side of the world. Communication with clients and business partners, coming up with solutions and strategies is simplified.

5. Outsourcing

Outsourcing financial and accounting services are gaining popularity in recent times, especially in the last couple of years. The Accounts department will have more time on hand to develop other pressing business issues that need immediate attention. In addition to that, the following advantages keep them on the popularity list.

  • Ample time to focus on core business and growth
  • Resource scalability
  • Complete support from an Expert accounting team
  • Manage realtime Financials
  • Major cut-down on cost

When we look at all the above methods of accounting it is obvious that the benefits of Accounting outsourcing for businesses and industries are numerous, irrespective of their size and domain. Outsourcing your accounting operations to expert accountants will be a great relief and ensures a smoother business model, not to forget the reduction of overheads.

Team Velan Bookkeeping offers reliable and speedy outsourced accounting services to CPA firms, bookkeepers and small businesses at a global level. Reliable accountants with expertise  are ready to take care of all your accounting needs. When you are considering outsourcing accounting, go to www.velan-bookkeeping.com for the best deal!

Topics: Accounting , Accounting firms , Bookkeeping Services , CPA , Outsourcing Accounting